FDA under pressure to ban chemicals in face paint

FDA under pressure to ban chemicals in face paint
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This Halloween, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is facing pressure to ban toxic chemicals from children’s face paints.

Thousands of parents have been spooked by claims that Halloween face paints may contain dangerous chemicals that pose a threat to their children.


Nearly 40,000 people are petitioning the FDA to ban lead, nickel, cobalt and chromium from Halloween face paints after Sen. Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerElection security bills face GOP buzzsaw Election security bills face GOP buzzsaw US women's soccer team reignites equal pay push MORE (D-N.Y.) raised concerns about the issue earlier this month.

“Every Halloween we worry about the candy we’re putting in our kids’ mouths but nowadays, we need to worry about the face paint we’re putting on our kids’ faces,” Schumer said in a statement. “Toxic Chinese chemicals in children’s Halloween makeup and face paint is a scary thought, and yet, often times, parents don’t even know what’s in these products. 

"When it comes to the kind of makeup our kids slather on at Halloween, lead, nickel and cobalt do not belong, and so, I am urging the FDA to unmask the ingredients that are often left off of the packaging,” he added.